Medical Devices Research Centre

We support the Canadian ecosystem in the development, translation and implementation of medical device innovations. Relying on scientific fundamentals and biomedical engineering expertise, we maintain a deep understanding of the research path from idea to market. To achieve this, we rely on an extensive collaborative network of industry, clinicians, academics and government collaborators.

Services and information


  • Polymer lab-on-a-chip and microfluidics laboratories
  • Digital health software platforms, developed to industry standards
  • Materials processing and manufacturing laboratory

Research focus

  • Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics
    • Fast-result, low-cost polymer microfluidics innovations scalable for mass production
    • Select applications: Molecular diagnostics, cell and gene therapy, and drug discovery
  • Digital health
    • Evidence-based biomedical software innovations developed to industry standards
    • Select applications: Patient monitoring, assessment and therapy, clinician decision support


  • Micro-nanofabrication for bioanalytical devices
  • Microfluidics and lab-on-chip systems
  • Devices for in-vitro diagnostics, organ-on-chip and cell therapy
  • Biomedical software, data science and extended reality (xR) development
  • Cognitive and psycho-motor human-machine interactions
  • Digitally augmented physiological and neurological sensing

Collaboration centres and partnerships

Research activities

  • Space and remote communities bio-analytics
  • Living micro-systems / organ-on-a-chip devices
  • Personalized digital therapeutics for cognitive, psychiatric and movement disorders
  • Remote and contactless and health monitoring

Research and technical services

  • Biomedical device and software R&D
  • Prototype design and development
  • Implementation of innovative concepts into product lines
  • Testing and manufacturability
  • Technical support and advice

Why work with us

We believe we can support the growth of Canada's medical device ecosystem, given our:

  • Deep biomedical acumen, commitment to research excellence and translation to clinical use
  • strong connectivity with clinicians, industry, academia and government
  • track record of ideation-to-market, with the ability to skillfully navigate at any point of the translation